Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC South Dade 8 on Oct 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm

It was only an evening paper with an older demographic by then.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC South Dade 8 on Oct 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Rivest, I was one the assistant managers at this opening. AMC would have advertised the opening only in The Miami Herald and, like many distributors, did not take advantage of the combined rate that included The Miami News.

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Al Alvarez commented about Palm Drive-In on Oct 16, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Nice find, Rivest. This mean that the Palm, 22nd Avenue and Liberty City were all three the same drive-in with different entrances. They DID show the same movies at the same time, all the time.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Oct 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

The old theatres had tons of obstructed view seats that were rarely used but made the house nut higher for film rental purposes. Many multiplexes do that to this day.

Once the house was adapted for roadshow use they expected to sell 100% at each performance so most seats were larger and positions were at least adequate.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Kendale Lakes Triple on Oct 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Thanks for the great ads, Mark.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Tower Theater on Oct 14, 2011 at 8:24 pm

The link needs to be updated:

http://www.mdc.edu/tower/

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Al Alvarez commented about Lincoln Theatre on Oct 14, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Jeff, Brandt closed it in 1970. It re-opened in 1972 as a discount house with occasional first-runs and ran until the summer of 1987. It later re-opened as a performing arts center with movie facilities.

“Ben-Hur” premiered here in 1959 and again for the 1969 roadshow re-release. I can’t help with the wagon wheel.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loews Festival Theatre on Oct 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Marcy, if you look at previous posts you will find photo links.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's Westchester on Oct 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm

This closed in 1989.

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Al Alvarez commented about Bill Cosford Cinema on Oct 11, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Thanks sporridge.

I was surprised to see it missing from the Herald since they credit Bill Cosford for helping them serve the community on their website, hence the name change.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Bill Cosford Cinema on Oct 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Does anyone know if it was open to the public from 1987 to 1994 when it was missing from the Miami Herald movie time clock?

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Oct 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Here is a more thorough article in Boxoffice.

http://www.boxofficemagazine.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1959-3-30&page_no=23#page_start

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Oct 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Saps, I either never copied it or lost the remainder of that article.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Oct 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

David, here is a snipet from Variety regarding the re-opening for “SOME LIKE IT HOT” earlier that year.

I don’t have the whole article but it might give you some ideas.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/25725093@N07/6234888799/sizes/l/in/photostream/

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Al Alvarez commented about 44th Street Theatre on Sep 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

This showed mostly movies from 1913 to 1924. It was the premiere road show house for RAMONA (1916), JOAN THE WOMAN (1916), HEARTS OF THE WORLD (1918), WAY DOWN EAST (1920), MONTE CRISTO (1921), SCARAMOUCHE (1923), AMERICA (1924), ALIBI (1929), and SONG O MY HEART (1930), all showing for long runs before that MAEDCHEN move-over.

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Al Alvarez commented about Village Triple on Sep 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm

The Village:

http://www.floridamemory.com/solr-search/results/?q=chris+mcguire

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Al Alvarez commented about Turnpike Drive-In on Sep 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm

This apparently closed as a Twin, sometimes showing regular films on one screen and porn on the other.

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Al Alvarez commented about Surf Theatre on Sep 15, 2011 at 9:17 am

Mark, that is a re-opening ad. Seasonal operation was common then, although re-opening on the day Pearl Harbor was bombed was indeed unfortunate.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Sunrise 8 on Sep 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm

AKA, Sunrise at Pine Plaza.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Sunny Isles Twin on Sep 14, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Twin one was “Driftwood”. Twin two was “Aquamarine”.

The lovely Mary Colehower, I think, closed it.

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Al Alvarez commented about Seminole Theatre on Sep 14, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Does anyone know if the Premier was part of the Seminole building or a separate structure altogether?

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Al Alvarez commented about Royal Theatre on Sep 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm

The Royal opened in 1941 and closed in 1957.

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Al Alvarez commented about Regent Theatre on Sep 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

The Regent operated from 1926 to 1960.

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Al Alvarez commented about Pembroke Pines Cinema on Sep 14, 2011 at 10:36 am

This operated from 1989 to 2000.

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Al Alvarez commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm

It closed In August 1964 with “The Carpetbaggers”. It then re-opened for three weeks in May 1965 when it showed the Electrovision “Harlow”, “operation Snafu” and “Black Spurs” each for one week, then closed again. It opened “Thunderball” in December of 1965 and closed for good in February 1966.